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The Best Kevin Spacey Movies

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Kevin Spacey is one of America's favorite actors, both on the big screen and on the Netflix political drama House of Cards, on which he stars as Frank Underwood. This is a list of the best Kevin Spacey movies, ranked best to worst. Kevin Spacey actually started his career with a small role in the 1986 film Heartburn, which starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. He won his first Oscar for the 1995 neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1999 film American Beauty.

Kevin Spacey's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Kevin Spacey movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Kevin Spacey movies will be at the top of the list. Kevin Spacey has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Kevin Spacey movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Kevin Spacey films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Kevin Spacey role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Kevin Spacey performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items include everything from The Usual Suspects to American Beauty.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Kevin Spacey movies?" and "What are the greatest Kevin Spacey roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Spacey's serious roles, you might also enjoy our list of best Benicio del Toro movies and best Brad Pitt movies.

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    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

    The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan... more on Wikipedia

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive... more on Wikipedia
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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars... more on Wikipedia

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    A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1996

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name,... more on Wikipedia

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    Pay It Forward is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Pay It Forward

    Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byMimi Leder

    Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine... more on Wikipedia

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    Glengarry Glen Ross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin

    Released1992

    Directed byJames Foley

    Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer... more on Wikipedia

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    The Life of David Gale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    The Life of David Gale

    Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey

    Released2003

    Directed byAlan Parker

    The Life of David Gale is a 2003 thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles... more on Wikipedia

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    The Ref is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    The Ref

    Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons

    Released1994

    Directed byTed Demme

    The Ref is a 1994 American black comedy film directed by Ted Demme, produced by Don Simpson... more on Wikipedia
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    Midnight in the Garden of Good is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Released1997

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a 1997 American drama film directed by Clint... more on Wikipedia
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    The Negotiator is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    The Negotiator

    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1998

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    The Negotiator is a 1998 action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Samuel L.... more on Wikipedia

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    Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Baby Driver

    Ansel Elgort

    Released2017

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Edgar... more on Wikipedia

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    K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    K-PAX

    Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges

    Released2001

    Directed byIain Softley

    K-PAX is a 2001 American science fiction-mystery film directed by Iain Softley and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Outbreak

    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

    Released1995

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on... more on Wikipedia

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    Beyond the Sea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Beyond the Sea

    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

    Released2004

    Directed byKevin Spacey

    Beyond the Sea is a 2004 American biographical film based on the life of singer/actor Bobby... more on Wikipedia

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    Swimming with Sharks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Swimming with Sharks

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byGeorge Huang

    Swimming With Sharks is a 1994 American comedy-drama film written and directed by George... more on Wikipedia
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    Horrible Bosses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Horrible Bosses

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey

    Released2011

    Directed bySeth Gordon

    Horrible Bosses is a 2011 American black comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, written by... more on Wikipedia

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    Margin Call is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Margin Call

    Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany

    Released2011

    Directed byJ. C. Chandor

    Margin Call is a 2011 American drama film directed by J. C. Chandor. Over a 24-hour period... more on Wikipedia

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    The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    The Shipping News

    Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore

    Released2001

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    The Shipping News is a 2001 drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on the Pulitzer... more on Wikipedia
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    21 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    21

    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

    Released2008

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    21 is a 2008 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic and stars Jim Sturgess, Kevin... more on Wikipedia

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    A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    A Bug's Life

    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

    A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia

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    Elvis & Nixon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Elvis & Nixon

    Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon

    Released2016

    Directed byLiza Johnson

    Elvis & Nixon is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Liza Johnson. The untold true... more on Wikipedia
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    Horrible Bosses 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Horrible Bosses 2

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey

    Released2014

    Directed bySean Anders

    Horrible Bosses 2 is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Sean Anders and a sequel to... more on Wikipedia
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    Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Moon

    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore

    Released2009

    Directed byDuncan Jones

    Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
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    Working Girl

    Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike... more on Wikipedia

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